In 1986, Michael Blauner, a trainer at a gym in Hawthorne, New Jersey visited California with some friends. After a few weeks hanging around California’s famed gym scene—even meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger along the way—Blauner knew individual personal training and being his own boss was the ultimate goal and dream.
Since that fateful trip over 30 years ago, Blauner has been living his dream each and every day.
Only 24 years old at the time, Blauner took to personal training right away finding the perfect spot for his and his client’s needs.
“I got lucky and found a ground floor 1500 square foot location two doors down from a Mercedes dealer at a traffic light,” said Blauner of his first studio. “It was built in advertising, stop at the light and look over into my gym. It also helped that it was in a very happening area in Englewood, New Jersey.”
Blauner’s beginnings in fitness started in college when he was working towards a law degree.
“I started taking college courses in exercise and nutrition which I found fascinating,” said Blauner.
The rest, is history. Today, Blauner has personal training certification and he is also a certified Pilates instructor.
“These accreditations are obviously important,” said Blauner. “But I love relying on my hands on experience and instinct the most.”
Blauner’s approach to personal training is all about individualism.
“I get into the client’s vibe moment by moment,” said Blauner. “I never keep notes and I never do the same workout twice, for anyone.”
45,000 sessions later, it’s hard to argue with the results. Blauner believes you have to evaluate every second of the session and adapt the workout to the client’s mood, physical capabilities and limitations.
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“I always use multiple forms of exercise during sessions,” said Blauner. “Nothing is left behind.”
“(Body-Solid) never lets me down,” said Blauner. “It’s incredible durable, always looks great, is fairly priced and not overly bulky.”
Since Blauner helps and aids clients with installs in their home, he’s found Body-Solid products and their compact footprint to be incredibly beneficial.
“No matter how large or small a room maybe, I like to keep it as spacious as possible,” said Blauner of Body-Solid’s equipment design. “It’s more conducive to a nice flow to the room.”
“The members and I love it,” said Blauner of the GS348Q. “I plan on acquiring more of them in the future.”
Blauner sees Body-Solid on an almost daily basis when working with clients in their home workout spaces.
“(Body-Solid) is in a majority of my client’s home gyms,” said Blauner.
The future for Blauner and personal training is hard to pin down at this moment as Blauner wants to evolve with the industry.
“Ideas come into my head all day long,” said Blauner. “I have a couple of cool ideas I’m working on.”
In the end, Blauner has one goal: make fitness accessible to everyone.
“I want to show people that individualism is about finding what you enjoy,” said Blauner. “It’s all about being happy. If something makes us happy we will continue with it.”
To Blauner, the definition of a successful exercise program is the one you do. Just as Blauner pursued his dream after that fateful trip to California, he hopes each and every one of his clients finds their true passion and love within fitness.